Transition Logion 76
The Father’s Realm
can be compared to
a merchant who discovered
a pearl hidden in a consignment
of goods. Wisely he returned the goods
and bought the single pearl himself instead.
You too must seek out
for yourselves an enduring treasure
in that realm where moths
cannot get in to eat
or insects come to destroy.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
It’s a simple rhythm-
be disturbed or attracted,
take the time to be aware of
what nature, and traffic snarls and snores
feel like in the body
or how thought can snare both your ears
and twist them around your nose,
We always have the mic before us,
always hearing aids,
but do we use them?
Do we want t o?
Walk this uphill path with me,
past the small ferns uncurling
through the body of the deadfall,
through the scattered Trillium,
their edges pink-en-ing
before they rest for another year.
Watch your step here,
the water rushing over green stones,
the subtle flash of scales in the shade.
No, it’s OK to whistle your way along,
the birds will stare at you
and share the tune with their flock
Journey through Logos:
Much knowledge, like consignment merchandise, passes through our hands. It belonged to another, we might have made a little mental income from it, but we did not find it ourselves nor does it move us in any way. It’s just business, just entertainment. But every now and again, a pearl glows in what we’re reading, listening to, absorbing from teachers. Unlike simply moving the knowledge through our hands, this is the kind of knowing we take home and keep close to our hearts. There the pearl grows even more vibrant when worn close.
It is a wonder to find such a pearl of wisdom, and when we take responsibility for aligning our life with what we have found, we enter into the phase of the spiritual journey we call “reigning” or “sovereignty”. This is not the very public kind of Caesar energy, but rather more like Lao Tzu’s ideal ruler who “the people do not even know is there at all.” It is also like St. Francis’ admonition to his fellow monks—“Preach the Gospel always, and sometimes, use words.”
The sayings that follow will look deeply at what it is to live out of the knowledge of unity consciousness, Christ consciousness, and the dance of relative and ultimate reality.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again. (52)”
“The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.”
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda
It is useful to sketch or write out what you think reigning means to you right now. Say a little about what a sovereign soul might be like in the world. Then watch as the next section unfolds and compare what you have drawn or written to the teachings of the wisdom master Yeshua.
We are filled with Wonder when we know that we have found the “pearl of great price," bought it and begin to reign out of it.
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